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AM News: Obama Takes Grad Rate Victory Lap, LAUSD Recommends Charter Denials

Solid academics may not be enough to keep six L.A. charter schools open latimes.com/local/educatio…

Record number of charter schools, all outperforming district schools, recommended for denial - LA School Report http://ow.ly/ihJC305i36k

Chicago may pay $50M to entice older teachers to retire in June | Chicago Sun-Times ow.ly/BBeo305i0tk

WA pouring billions into schools, but are they ‘fully funded’? Districts say no seattletimes.com/seattle-news/p…

Obama lauds climbing graduation rate but wants higher test scores dailynews.com/social-affairs…

California high school graduation rates close in on national average edsource.org/2016/californi…

California poll shows strong support for Common Core standards dailynews.com/social-affairs…

Obama touts education record at D.C.’s Banneker High School washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

The High School Graduation Rate Reaches A Record High — Again npr.org/sections/ed/20…
 
Research Shows Students Can Benefit When a School Closes — but Only If There Are Better Ones to Attend  the74million.org/article/resear…

Civility reigns in Reimnitz-Walser race for Minneapolis school board seat  minnpost.com/education/2016…

Teacher Training As 'Part Theater, Part Sport' npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Strike Deadline Looms for UNO Charter School Network, Teachers Union | Chicago Tonight | WTTW  ow.ly/wHOF305i1tM
 
AltSchool: A private school with more than $100 million will share its technology with three other schools hechingerreport.org/private-school…
 
Seattle public school teachers are putting on Black Lives Matter shirts this week | KUOW News and Information  ow.ly/xM3r305i0v4
 
Middle school principal accused of paying hitman to kill pregnant girlfriend | NOLA.com ow.ly/gYzm305i09D
 

Morning Video: Clinton Advisor Talks Education (But Not NAACP) In NYC

Last week's Chris Edley talk at the Teachers College included lots of conversation about education and politics, but no indication of the Democratic candidate's position on the NAACP resolution, according to Chalkbeat coverage of the event.

AM News: NAACP Endorses Charter Moratorium, White House Touts Record HS Grad Rate

Members of Memphis List rode three buses to Cincinnati to protest the @NAACP decision on charter schools commercialappeal.com/story/news/edu…

Protesters interrupt NAACP board meeting in Cincinnati http://ow.ly/sALF305fvC4

The NAACP Takes A Major Stand Against The Growth Of Charter Schools | Huffington Post http://ow.ly/4HmG305fvaD

NAACP Officially Calls for a Ban on New Charter Schools blogs.edweek.org/edweek/charter…

Nation's high school graduation rate reaches new record high washingtonpost.com/news/education…

Graduation Rate Hits Record High of 83.2 Percent blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

Union workers rally, urge votes for Clinton and McGinty - Philly.com ow.ly/uuSz305ftY6

Bridgeport school board in turmoil ctpost.com/local/article/…

AFT Criticizes 'Neovouchers' for Private Schools ow.ly/d81J305ftX4

KIPP strives to lift New Orleans grads past their struggles ow.ly/iOYR305ejIe

Fairfax school system hopes to put another $100 million toward teacher raises  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

What you need to know about the $9-billion school bond on the ballot latimes.com/local/educatio…

Tiny city becomes battleground in larger war over LA charter school expansionscpr.org/news/2016/10/1… 

Should New Orleans have closed so many schools? Study explores charter trend nola.com/education/inde…

Here's What Chicago Teachers Won & Lost In Contract Deal ... - DNAinfo news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&…

AM News: Charter Cap & Strike Emerge As Issues In Chicago

Chicago charter school teachers remain in contract battle, could strike next week - Chicago Tribune  ow.ly/5DaS305b8CJ

Charter School Teachers Picket Ahead Of Possible Strike wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…
 
Chicago Charter Schools Could Be Collateral Damage In Teacher Contract wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…
Sacramento emergency school sees dramatic rise in homeless kids sacb.ee/7G9f
 
Minority hiring advocate tells BPS to get more ‘aggressive’ #maedu #BOSed #mapoli bostonherald.com/news/local_cov…

Born In The U.S., Raised In China: 'Satellite Babies' Have A Hard Time Coming Home  npr.org/2016/10/13/497…

New York City’s Absent Teacher Reserve is steadily decreasing, city says | Chalkbeat ow.ly/g03B305b8H1

A New Generation of All-Girls Schools theatlantic.com/education/arch…
 
These are the 100 U.S. school districts that are actively pursuing socioeconomic integration  washingtonpost.com/news/education…
 
California's preschools are deeply segregated, new report finds scpr.org/news/2016/10/1…
 

Quotes: NYT Editorial Page Joins WPost In Critiquing NAACP

Quotes2The N.A.A.C.P. has raised legitimate concerns that lawmakers and education officials need to take seriously. It notes, for example, that minority students are more likely to be suspended from charter schools than their white peers. That is, of course, outrageous, but it is an endemic problem to the public school system as a whole and not limited to charters. 

- NYT editorial page (A Misguided Attack on Charter Schools)

AM News: Controversial Teacher Prep Regulations, Chromebooks Vs. IPads, & Clowns

Obama administration releases final rules for teacher preparation programs - Inside Higher Ed  nzzl.us/CHwjtRe

Obama administration releases long-delayed regulations for teacher-preparation programs  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Final U.S. Teacher-Prep Regs Allow Flexibility on Student-Outcome Measures blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…

N.Y. Congressional Race Highlights Testing, Charters, Common Core  blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

Union bloc on top, Louisiana's largest school system rethinks past nola.com/education/inde…

Full Pricetag On Chicago Public Schools, Teachers Union Deal Unknown wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Facebook education software spurs privacy fears | NOLA.com ow.ly/46fd3058MIB

New York City’s teachers union says it’s time for ‘positive friction’ with city | Chalkbeat  ow.ly/oO9N3058MvN
 
Bilingual education has been absent from California public schools for almost 20 years. But that may soon change latimes.com/local/educatio…
 
Born In The U.S., Raised In China: 'Satellite Babies' Have A Hard Time Coming Home  npr.org/sections/ed/20…
 
Chromebooks destroyed Apple in back-to-school shopping - MarketWatch ow.ly/aS3l3056UbR
 
Colorado schools ban clown costumes for Halloween denverpost.com/2016/10/12/col…
 

AM News: Stolen Podesta Emails Reveal Union-Related Concerns (Klein, Sanders, Common Core)

WikiLeaks Emails: AFT Worried Joel Klein Was Helping Hillary Clinton's Campaign - Politics K-12 - Education Week ow.ly/sdNV3056kly

AFT freaked out after Joel Klein was rumored to join Hillary Clinton’s campaign, WikiLeaks email shows | Chalkbeat ow.ly/OWrd3056kjV

Wikileaks: NEA Was Ready to Call Off Hillary Endorsement Vote eiaonline.com/intercepts/201…

WikiLeaks: Hillary Clinton Calls Common Core a ‘Political Failure’ - Breitbart ow.ly/XIK03056k6l

Charter School Leaders Cry Foul Over Cap Slipped Into Negotiations To Avoid Chicago Teachers Strike| The 74 ow.ly/uWUY3056kfp

To Help Avert Teachers Strike, Alderman Agreed To Forego New School Named For Obama  wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Nasty Campaign Rhetoric Puts Parents and Teachers in a Tough Spot - NBC News ow.ly/Fewb3056khE

Exposed by suicide, Boulder students’ Facebook chat advocated killing blacks, Jews – The Denver Post ow.ly/vr9F3056ker

Why an organization once seen as LA Unified's biggest threat now plans to give money to LAUSD schools  scpr.org/news/2016/10/1…

Facebook-backed school software shows promise — and raises privacy concerns  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

AltSchool: When Silicon Valley Takes on Elementary School wnyc.org/story/altschoo…

St. Paul home visits stretch teachers and build relationships minnpost.com/education/2016…

Morning Video: MA Charter School Referendum Takes The Spotlight

Or, watch Lin-Manuel Miranda on Saturday Night Live as the most well-intended but awful substitute teacher ever.

AM News: Chicago Averts Strike, LAUSD Gives Charter Teachers Benefits, & More

CTU, CPS reach tentative deal, avert strike; classes on Tuesday | Chicago Sun-Times ow.ly/ZUH83053VcP

Chicago Teachers Union, school board reach tentative contract agreement  fw.to/0Km8nQD

Deadline Deal: Teachers Strike Avoided With Late-Night Agreement wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Stakes different this time as teachers, city face strike - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/3Wap3053Wr3

For New York City’s Homeless Children, Getting to School Is the Hard Part nytimes.com/2016/10/11/nyr…

L.A. Unified backs down and agrees to provide lifetime benefits to charter school teachers - LA Times ow.ly/4E7s3053Wp4

Denver Public Schools asks voters to approve largest-ever $572 million bond  denverpost.com/2016/10/10/dps…

Study: To raise graduation rates, increase number of adults in community usat.ly/2e1dQh8 via @USATODAY

California poll shows strong support for Common Core standards edsource.org/2016/californi…

Here's How Schools Can Soften The Blow Of Sixth Grade npr.org/sections/ed/20…

At least 22 states make it a crime to disturb school in ways that teenagers are wired to do. - The Atlantic ow.ly/kXEl3053Wmv

Districts Look to Convert Vacant Schools Into Teacher Housing blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…

AM News: Parents Rally Nationwide, Chicago Discriminated Against Minority Teachers, & More

Kaine visits Philly school, teachers talk contract ow.ly/VOOU304XeJT

CPS Screening Process Discriminated Against Black Candidates wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Study Finds Students Of All Races Prefer Teachers Of Color npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Chicago Teachers Union ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Deal Can Be Reached Before Strike wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Downtown Manhattan Parents Claim City Is Holding Integration Plan 'Hostage' wnyc.org/story/downtown…

Staff At Four Chicago High Schools Falsified Student Attendance Records wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

New York State Still Owes Its Public Schools Billions Of Dollars, Advocates Say huffingtonpost.com/2016/10/04/new…
 
Frustrated Parents Rally Nationwide To 'Reclaim Our Schools'huffingtonpost.com/2016/10/06/rec…
 
Getting creative in kindergarten: One teacher's strategy scpr.org/news/2016/10/0…
 
Newton North High School: Talking To Students When A Symbol Of Racial Hatred Is Unfurled Close To Home | Cognoscenti ow.ly/J1bT304XaxP

Campaign 2016: Teachers Running For Office In OK & Elsewhere

 

From the PBS NewsHour and EdWeek: "Oklahoma ranks 45 out of 50 states in spending per student. It’s home to overcrowded classrooms and more than 100 districts that have approved four-day school weeks. Now, more than 40 teachers who are tired of not being heard are trying to change things themselves -- by running for office."

Campaign 2016: Trump Classroom Visit Makes Student Nervous

In case you missed it, a Donald Trump classroom visit from earlier this week made at least one student very nervous.

AM News: VP Debates Reference Desegregation, Chicago Prepares For Strike, & More

Farmville: A small town that has wrestled with big issues - The Washington Post ow.ly/spfN304SkXq

Farmville: A Debate Stage in Virginia, With Racial ‘Scar Tissue’ as the Backdrop - The New York Times  ow.ly/pJuR304SjUJ

Quick Mentions of Desegregation, K-12 Funding in V.P. Debate blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

In VA Town Home to VP Debate, A Long and Storied Civil Rights Tradition abcnews.go.com/US/video/va-

Public School Advocates March to Albany to Hand Cuomo $3.9B Bill in Overdue School Aid the74million.org/article/public…

CPS says schools will remain open if teachers walk out - Chicago Tribune news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&…

Emanuel budget speech set for same day as CTU strike - Chicago Tribune news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&…

What’s changed—and what hasn’t—since the last teachers’ strike |Chicago Reader ow.ly/RBVL304SmEL

Denver Public Schools details response to black educators’ concerns about racism  denverpost.com/2016/10/04/den…

Cleveland Teachers, School Board Reject Contract blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…

Oakland schools targeted in social media clown threats sfgate.com/news/article/O…

Can A School District Help Diversify A Fire Department? npr.org/sections/ed/20…

AM News: CA Governor Brown Vetoes Charter Accountability Bill

Brown vetoes bill requiring charters to comply with conflict of interest, open records laws edsource.org/2016/brown-vet…

Refugee student experience in US schools not always easy - Daily Texan pllqt.it/ONGYLS

Jeb Bush talks politics, education policy during Harvard lecture ow.ly/5akA304NpEI

California’s largest school districts use aggressive tactics to find teachers edsource.org/2016/californi…

Utah schools slowly begin hiring teachers without experience | Deseret News ow.ly/EBRF304NpyS

Emanuel: If teachers strike, they chose disrupting children's education over pay raises - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/hznE304NpCx

Money from special tax districts could be key to averting teachers strike - Chicago Tribune  news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&…

Chicago's Troubled Schools Made Wall Street $110 Million nzzl.us/dYqdV3k

Detroit school lawsuit: Does U.S. Constitution guarantee literacy? ow.ly/9daU304NquL

Oakland school district’s error hinders students’ college plans sfgate.com/education/arti…

Inslee on education funding: What governor has — and hasn’t — accomplished seattletimes.com/seattle-news/p…

4 students from same high school are found dead in a month hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

Quotes: Who Cheers For What

Quotes2It's been interesting to see who cheers for what. The teachers' unions applaud the privatization piece, but are silent on our call to get police out of schools.

-- Movement For Black Lives education platform co-author Jonathan Stith, quoted in NPR story (Questions Of Race And Charter Schools Divide Education Reformers)

AM News: Chicago Strike Looms, Nevada Court Decides, Charter Groups Funds District Schools

A closer look as deadline for Chicago teachers strike nears hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

Chaos and exodus at Chicago Public Schools - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/lfPI304HVWN

One Parent's Reaction To Possible Teachers Strike wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Nevada Supreme Court says ESAs are constitutional but funding source is not: politicopro.com/f/

Rezoning Plan for Manhattan Elementary School Draws Anger From All Sides nytimes.com/2016/09/30/n

Pro-charter funder makes good on promise to give money to LAUSD scpr.org/news/2016/09/2…

Controversial group that supports charter schools announces grants to replicate strong L.A. Unified campuses - LAT ow.ly/IPnL304HUMA

On-time high school graduation rate in Virginia tops 91 percent washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Supreme Court Says It Will Hear Special Education Case abcnews.go.com/Health/wireSto…

Penn Alexander in Philadelphia wins major national education award newsworks.org/index.php/educ…

17 teachers added to Seattle schools, no reassignments planned seattletimes.com/seattle-news/e…

AM News: Implicit Bias & Preschool Teachers

Yale study suggests racial bias among preschool teachers - WashPost washingtonpost.com/news/education…

Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem nzzl.us/HrongSg via @npr_ed

Yes, Preschool Teachers Really Do Treat Black And White Children Totally Differently | Huffington Post ow.ly/RY6M304Efks

What Boston Latin School's Federal Probe Results And State Downgrade Mean | Edify ow.ly/J12e304EcAp

Is there a teacher shortage? Fear is overblown, council says nola.com/education/inde…

New Detroit public school system brings new hope and old fears - Free Press ow.ly/U3IS304Efg8

Analysis: Hillary Clinton Is Right About Head Start the74million.org/article/analys…

Hoping to regain momentum, local NYC charter movement revives rally strategy ow.ly/riPo304EcTH

Enrollment Decline Sets Stage For More Cuts To Chicago Classrooms | WBEZ ow.ly/nAhT304EcCI

Quotes: Leave No Child Behind (In District Schools)

Quotes2Education is about creating opportunity for all our children, not about leaving many behind... I hope that the Legislature, the teachers, and the parents can come together to find ways to make sure all kids in Massachusetts get a first-rate education without pitting groups against each other.

- MA Senator Elizabeth Warren, announcing her opposition to a proposed charter expansion (Boston Herald)

AM News: Warren Opposes MA Charter Expansion, Chicago Teachers Vote To Strike, & More

Elizabeth Warren against charter school increase | Boston Herald http://ow.ly/E5fo304BBcV

MA Senator announces opposition to charter expansion ballot questions pllqt.it/QXauG7

What's next in the wake of Chicago Teachers Union strike vote | Chicago Sun-Times  ow.ly/7SFa304BAib

Overwhelming vote for CPS strike - Crain's Chicago Business news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&…

Chicago Teachers Vote To Authorize Strike In Contract Talks wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

K-12 Education Shut Out of the Presidential Debate Spotlight blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

New SAT exam taken by nearly 1.4 M students, no scores yet - San Antonio Express-News ow.ly/FZ64304BALA

SAT scores fall modestly in a year of transition for college admission test  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

College Board chief promises changes to SAT test amid controversies | Reuters ow.ly/Mcx3304AS8v

NPR: How Native Students Can Succeed In College: 'Be As Tough As The Land That Made You' wamu.org/news/16/09/26/…

Is it time to get rid of middle school? -TODAY.com ow.ly/CXRm304AS3B

Teaching Middle Schoolers Climate Change Without Terrifying Them npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Outgoing D.C. schools leader wants to move out of public eye washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

AM News: Looming Chicago Strike, Momentous Debate, & More

Chicago Teachers Make Moves Toward Strike wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

For Students In Tulsa, Pain Frames Conversation About Video Death of Parent Crutcher npr.org/2016/09/24/495…

Brown vetoes bill intended to place more emphasis on test scores edsource.org/2016/brown-vet…

Arne Duncan talk at Smith College draws anti-charter school protesters ow.ly/Oj9k304z9E6

A new study finds school readiness gaps have declined over the past decade apmreports.org/apmreports/edu…

Texas school warns teachers might be armed |NOLA.com ow.ly/mkld304z3fw

Obama’s Chief for Black Kids’ Education Reflects on Wins, Work Left Undone | The 74 @AfAmEducation #TeachTheBabies https…

As kindergarten ratchets up academics, parents feel the stress washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

New affordable, outdoor preschool brings breath of fresh air to Seattle seattletimes.com/seattle-news/e…

Suburban Chicago districts offer cash bonus to some retired educators - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/rCdD304z4xE

Update: Teachers/Unions Concerned About Police Leaving Schools

One of the big stories of the week is the Dignity In Schools campaign launch calling for the removal of most police officers from public schools. 

So far, the news has been covered by CPI (Coalition calls for end of police presence in schools), Huffington Post (Over 100 Education Groups Want To Kick Cops Out Of Schools), and Education Week (Get Police Out of Schools, Coalition of Student, Parent Groups Says).

According to the Huffington Post, the new recommendations are "the strongest that DSC member organizations ― groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund ― have ever made collectively on the issue of school policing." The campaign is active in 27 states and claims 100 city and state member groups including the NAACP LDEF.

Earlier this month, the Obama administration called for districts to “responsibly incorporate” officers into the learning environment -- but stopped short of a ban. 

What's been left out so far is the tension between teachers' understandable concerns about classroom safety and order and advocates' understandable concerns about over-policing of schools.

According to EdWeek, the National Association of School Resource Officers "largely agreed with the federal guidance" but has not so far as I know endorsed the #CounselorsNotCops campaign. Nor has the NEA or AFT commented on the campaign. 

Conflicting views over the benefits of police in schools came up in Chicago in April, when a Chicago Teachers Union-organized protest event included a #BlackLivesMatter calling for the removal of the police from city schools.  

As reporting by DNAInfo ('F The Police' Speaker At Teacher Rally Not With CPS, But Union Takes Heat), activist Page May slammed the Chicago police and anyone associated with them. Just before her, union head Karen Lewis had praised the police.

"The CTU keeps acting like they are on our side, but then Karen Lewis refuses to say cops need to get out of schools," May said in the DNAInfo story. "Until [the Chicago Teachers Union] come out explicitly opposed to cops in schools, I don't think we are fighting on the same side."

The Seattle Times has also reported about the challenges some schools and districts have found in trying to rethink their school discipline policies. One story (Highline district struggles with fallout after limiting student suspensions), focusing on the related issue of school suspensions, reports that roughly 200 teachers have left the district in the past few months, many of them in reaction to the "elimination" of out of school suspensions, and the local teachers union president has flagged the turnover as a sign of major trouble looming. 

Some social justice advocacy groups like the NAACP and #BlackLivesMatter may find common cause with classroom teachers and unions over prioritizing neighborhood schools and limiting "privatization" of education, but the Dignity In Schools campaign highlights the tensions that quickly emerge in other areas.

For practical and political reasons, classroom teachers and their unions are likely to be extremely reluctant about endorsing a move to remove police officers from schools.

Why so? Fear is one obvious reason. (Here's a cameraphone video said to be depicting a teacher and student fighting in a Philadelphia school.) At a more ideological level, teachers unions and police unions often try to work together at the local level, and as the Chicago incident reveals they can be reluctant to disagree publicly. 

Still, there's much we don't know. What do the NEA, AFT, and National Association of School Resource Officers have to say about the Dignity In Schools campaign? What does the Obama administration say? And what about Clinton and Trump?

Morning Video: Where Trump & Clinton Stand On Education

In this segment, the PBS NewsHour tries to get at the candidates' differences on education.

Or read about a disturbing video of kids chanting a racially offensive phrase on a Maryland school bus, via Washington Post. 

AM News: Weingarten, CA Foster Care Scores, CT Court Appeal

Randi Weingarten on Clinton, Trump, and Winning Over 'Skeptical' Teachers blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

For the first time, California releases test scores for foster youth - and they're not good  latimes.com/local/educatio…

A City Looks To STEM School To Lift Economy, But Will Grads Stay? npr.org/2016/09/22/494…

Court refuses to mandate use of test scores in teacher evaluations latimes.com/local/educatio…

Conn. Supreme Court Will Hear Appeal to School Funding Case blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_e…

Denver students of color not making as much progress on state tests as white peers | Chalkbeat ow.ly/SPLZ304skMB

Chicago Teachers Union Begins Strike Authorization Vote abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/c…

California student had hit list, plans for school shooting hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…
 
Changes Are Coming to New York City's Specialized High Schools Test wnyc.org/story/city-pla…
 
 

AM News: EpiPens & Education, Clinton Vs. Trump, & Improving Head Start

Mylan CEO's mother used position with education group to boost EpiPen sales nationwide… twitter.com/i/web/status/7…

Clinton, Trump call for more federal funding in education, differ on use -UPI.com ow.ly/5Wch304q2Kd

L.A. Paves the way for 15,000 students to take community college classes — during their high school day - LAT ow.ly/Wk4i304q2NI

The Big Move To Improve Head Start npr.org/sections/ed/20…

NYC's Boys and Girls High School Tries to Turn a Corner Under New Leadership wnyc.org/story/boys-and…

Fairfax County school officials brace for a grueling superintendent search  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Want to be able to buy a house in California? Don't become a teacher. washingtonpost.com/news/education…

CTU strike vote begins Wednesday but no date set yet | Chicago Sun-Times ow.ly/N3U3304q4gQ

A School lunch worker quits after being forced to refuse hot meal to poor student washingtonpost.com/news/education…

NYC's Universal Pre-K is More Racially Segregated Than Kindergarten villagevoice.com/news/nycs-univ…

School mimics Pokémon Go to help new students adjust | District Administration Magazine  ow.ly/Xzwp304q1cx

Quotes: CT Union Head Applauds State's Appeal Of Court Decision

 

Quotes2The state attorney general made the right decision to appeal the part of the judge's ruling that imposed mandates on everything from determining how teachers are evaluated to denying education to severely disabled children to requiring new graduation standards... These education policy issues are clearly within the purview of the state legislature and executive branches of government ... and should not rest in the hands of a single person.

-- Sheila Cohen, president of the Connecticut Education Association, in the Hartford Courant (State To Appeal Controversial Education Overhaul Decision)

 

Afternoon Video: Trump Explains $20B Universal Choice Plan For 11M Poor Kids

Via Politico. Click here if the video doesn't render properly.

Morning Video: Debating Charters In MA

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Click the link to watch: Should Charter School Cap Be Lifted? | NECN. "Juan Cofield, chair of Save Our Public Schools, opposing Question 2 and Liam Kerr, Masschusetts State Director of Democrats for Education Reform, supporting."

AM News: Warren Stays Silent On MA Charter Question, Trump Promotes Choice, CT Lawsuit Fallout

MA Senator Elizabeth Warren still undecided on lifting charter school cap | Boston Herald ow.ly/RRmA3042gZ5

Trump pitches $20 billion education plan at Ohio charter school that received poor marks from state - Washington Post ow.ly/60ks3043tVS

Trump Pitches Using Federal Funds for School Choice, Champions Merit Pay blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

News Analysis: Crux of Connecticut Judge’s Grim Ruling: Schools Are Broken nytimes.com/2016/09/09/nyr…

Public Schools Brace For Likely Reforms After Connecticut Court Decision npr.org/2016/09/08/493…

Louisiana Kids Return To School, A Bubble Of Normalcy After Massive Floods npr.org/2016/09/08/493…

School informed parents of low-performing students they could opt out of state tests washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

8 sobering takeaways from Oregon's latest Smarter Balanced test scores | OregonLive.com ow.ly/Lh9J3043tM9

Gentrification: how a changing neighborhood affects local schools scpr.org/programs/take-…

How NYC's First Puerto Rican Librarian Brought Spanish To The Shelves wamu.org/programs/all_t…

Texas High School Student Shoots Classmate, Kills Self huffingtonpost.com/2016/09/08/tex…

AM News: Back To School, Post-Recession Inequalities, Absenteeism, & More

Divided America: Many schools left behind in recovery nola.com/education/inde…
 
Education Secretary Says Status Quo In Schools Is 'Unacceptable' https://n.pr/2ciFCpf
 
American schools have a chronic absentee problem washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…
 
Preschool Suspensions Still Happen And That's Not OK With Connecticut n.pr/2aY2I33

CPS begins new school year with same old problems - Tribune fw.to/qDvy7Vf

Budget Cuts Take Center Stage In Chicago Teacher Contract Fight wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Chicago’s Graduation Rate Goes Up Again wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

A closer look at LA test scores for English learners, magnet schools and charters latimes.com/local/educatio…

Detroit teachers reach contract agreement with school district nzzl.us/9gApe9t

Former Seattle charter school cuts back, sheds grades 2-5 seattletimes.com/seattle-news/e…

'You are not alone': A look at the rising trend of teacher 'onboarding' newsworks.org/index.php/loca…

A Texas teacher named her class the j-word. Her racial slur defense: ignorance. - The Washington Post ow.ly/aLbj303Sets

Chicago-area teacher spent summer helping Syrian refugees - Chicago Tribune pllqt.it/kw7bqi

Online K-12 School Fights Attempt To Check If 17K Students Really Show Up - BuzzFeed News ow.ly/4ICy303W9sK

Newark schools reopen, not water fountains, after lead scare hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

 

Quotes: How Charters Could Leverage Populist and Identity Momentum

Quotes2On the populist side, there is room to build bridges with those who distrust elitist authority... On the identity side... the charter community could do more to build bridges with race-based organizations that consist of, or serve, these families.

Neerav Kingsland (The Politics of Populism, Identity, and Charter Schools)

 

Campaign 2016: Donald Trump's 5 Imagined Education Positions

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For months now, hapless education reporters have been struggling to determine what education policies and positions Republican candidate Donald Trump holds. In the absence of any discernible education positions, here are several semi-imagined ones:

Bringing back the Pledge of Allegiance. Schools are American. Kids are American. They -- and teachers, too -- should be reminded of this every day. And a US history test should be mandatory in 8th grade in every district and state. It's gonna be great. 

Kicking undocumented kids out of public schools. This won't be much of a problem once the wall is built and we make everyone leave, but any kids who don't have papers shouldn't get a free education paid for by real American taxpayers. Kick 'em out. Stop sending money to schools that educate them.

Private school vouchers. America is about choice. People should be able to send their kids where they want. Why should anyone have to pay twice -- through taxes and then tuition -- to send Johnny or Jane to Sidwell Friends (not that I would advise anyone to send their children to that place)?  Want to send them to a religious school? That's fine, too. 

Mayoral control. Things work better when one person is in charge, and in most cities that's the Mayor. City Hall should be in charge of schools just like it's in charge of everything else. Elected school boards are confusing, duplicative, and ineffective. Get rid of  'em.

Free college for everyone. Sure, yes, college should be free for anyone who can't afford it. As long as they're American. The only thing I'm not sure about is whether females should get degrees in engineering, math, and science. They're more likely to be successful in business, like my daughter. So we might have to think about that. 

Eliminating the USDE. Well, duh.

AM News: FLOTUS, EdSec, Lead Exposure Research, & More

U.S. education chief to visit New Orleans, Baton Rouge nola.com/education/inde…

Top Clinton advisor Anne O'Leary splits with Goodwin Liu - SFChronicle pllqt.it/4wPwvC

Michelle Obama visits the District’s Howard University with host of NBC’s ‘Late Night’ wpo.st/3g5w1 

Small reductions in children’s lead exposure dramatically improve educational outcomes - Vox pllqt.it/rRZvJY

In Austin Public Schools, a Clear Divide on AP Test Passing Rates | KUT ow.ly/hNfy303Ofrd

Room for compromise as teachers strike vote nears | Chicago Reporter ow.ly/wKyT303P7b0

N.J. triples weight of PARCC results in teacher evaluations | NJ.comow.ly/Zbz4303PQwH

New Jersey Teachers Union Ordered to Court Over Benefit Negotiations blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…
 
Under New Policy for Homeless Families, Children Can Miss Less School nyti.ms/2bFMpwq
 
Chicago Public Schools Re-opens South Side Neighborhood High School wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Welcome to first grade! Please bring two reams of copy paper with you kuow.org/post/welcome-f…

AM News: Narrowing Gaps, Poll Time, Homework Debate, & More

Surprise! Amid rising inequality, one school gap is narrowing scpr.org/news/2016/08/2…

Low-income kindergartners are closing the achievement gap, reversing a decades-old trend washingtonpost.com/news/education…

Trump’s ‘Education Week’ Calculation: A New Pivot to Woo Reluctant Republicans and Swing State Minorities | The 74 ow.ly/qVKk303FYlU
 
Poll: Rising Share of Americans Like Their Local Schools ... But There's a Catch blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…
 
Americans Like Their Schools Just Fine — But Not Yours - NPR ow.ly/aWm7303FWWM
 
Dozens of Baltimore County Schools Closed for Heat abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/d…
 
A new school year, and a 204th school, as enrollment surges in Maryland district washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…
 
As Students Return to School, Debate About the Amount of Homework Rages nytimes.com/2016/08/25/us/…
 
4 Years After Tragedy, A New Sandy Hook Elementary Prepares To Open Its Doors npr.org/sections/thetw…
 
From Humans of New York to Obama's Office: How a Principal Built a School - NYT nzzl.us/0kspD5L
 
Buckeye, Ariz., HS Student Wears 'Black Lives Matter' Shirt, Told to Change - EBONY nzzl.us/zz58IEK
 

Morning Video: Debate Over That NAACP Charter School Resolution

Dr. Steve Perry and Hilary Shelton, Bureau Director of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the NAACP debated the provision last week. (News One)

 

#EDgif Of The Day: Vacationing EdReformers Sip Cold Brewed Coffee While Setbacks Mount

There have been three recent setbacks for edreform folks -- somewhat symbolic in nature but important nonetheless. The edereform response -- even with a recent effort to get opposing views out there -- has been slow, confused, and seemingly ineffective.

The first edreform setback was the addition of anti-charter amendments to the DNC platform last month. 

The second was the decision by the NAACP to include strong anti-charter legislation in its annual resolutions.

The third was the inclusion of several anti-charter provisions in the Black Lives Matter education agenda released last week (along with some provisions with which the edreform community would likely agree).

While symbolic in nature, these three instances are both critical of the edreform approach and -- even more important -- seem to expose the lack of engagement and reach of edreform advocates in the DNC, NAACP, and BlackLivesMatter.

 

Morning Videos: Dueling Massachusetts Charter Ads

Above find competing ads for and against lifting the MA charter schools cap. Via Boston Globe. See more here and here.

Campaign 2016: Black Kids 500% More Likely To Die From Asthsma

AM News: NJ Scores Well, SAT Hacked, NYC Tries Shared Principals

New Jersey Ties Graduation to Tests Aligned With Common Core Standards NYTimes.com ow.ly/avDy100gcEI

'Massive' security breach exposes hundreds of new SAT questions - Reuters  nzzl.us/v8hclwr

As ACT scores rise, more students can choose college: Editorial  nola.com/education/inde…

One Principal, Two Schools - an "unfortunate compromise"  theatlantic.com/education/arch…

New York Education Commissioner Asks Feds to Ease Up on Opt-Out Rules blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_e…

High Court: School Can Block Transgender Teen From Boys Room  abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/h…

Much criticism, no consensus on how to fix charter school oversight  edsource.org/2016/much-crit…

Can't Buy Me Love (Of Reading) npr.org/sections/ed/20…

AM News: Trump At School, Laptop Programs, CA Teachers' $13M Campaign

When Trump rallied at her high school, this Muslim valedictorian spoke up, felt targeted washingtonpost.com/news/education…

Mom of boy at Trump rally who yelled “take the bitch down” defends his right to "say what he wants to" on.wsj.com/2aL2kIs

How Hillary Clinton created her plan for America — behind-the-scenes - The Washington Post ow.ly/yUh1302Sv8G

A teachers share challenges and solutions at statewide summit  edsource.org/2016/teachers-…

State teachers union has given more than $13 million to extend income taxes on wealthy Californians  latimes.com/local/educatio…

A new all-male high school gets a head start in DC. washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

NSVF offers up to $7M for projects around administrator diversity, tech tools | Education Dive ow.ly/L0Iy302Rgls

Impact of 1:1 laptop programs - Journalist's Resource pllqt.it/OIa91A

Campaign 2016: Yes, Schools Today More Segregated Than 1960s

AM News: Sandy Hook Opening, Trump Transcript, NYC Test Scores, & More

Sandy Hook school opening to the public 4 years after the massacre latimes.com/local/educatio…

New Sandy Hook school opens nearly 4 years after massacre yhoo.it/2aaMovs

Sandy Hook principal expects tears, excitement  hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

Melania Trump's Website Vanishes Amid Allegations She Lied About Her Education http://ow.ly/rjpi302NG4G

On English Tests, New York City Students Match Peers Across State nytimes.com/2016/07/30/nyr…

New York City Shows Slight Uptick on Tests  wnyc.org/story/new-york…

New York City matches the state for the first time in reading scores, with passing rate up by 8 points to 38 percent bit.ly/2aari07

A Program For Preschoolers Gets A Convention Bounce npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Five things to know about California’s new science standards scpr.org/news/2016/08/0…

Affluent Kansas City Suburbs at Center of Political Backlash  abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireS…

Charter-school backers spending big to try to unseat state Supreme Court justice seattletimes.com/seattle-news/c… 

Texas Probes Charter School System After Turkish Complaint abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/t…

Parents Question School Construction Decisions  wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

5 New Orleans-area schools with the longest voucher waitlists nola.com/education/inde…

Morning Video: Things That Are Too High

From last night's DNC: Martin O'Malley on childcare costs, poverty rates, and Donald Trump's opinion of himself.

AM News: Kaine's Wife Resigns As VA Chief, DNC Day 2, & More

Anne Holton, wife of Clinton’s running mate, resigns as Va.’s education secretary washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Kaine's wife resigns Virginia state position, joins campaign  politico.com/story/2016/07/…

Convention delegates want to know if Clinton would mirror Obama on K-12 NewshourHea…

What Did the Teachers' Unions Get Up to at Those OTHER Conventions? blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…

This school district tops the nation for teacher planning time  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Education Front And Center As Civic Groups Look At Economic Mobility wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

SF schools leader Carranza a finalist for Houston job  sfgate.com/education/arti…

Prekindergarten funding on the rise in U.S. cities, states | AMI Newswire ow.ly/Oxn0302ExuE

Parents retain right to enroll in schools near where they work  cabinetreport.com/politics-educa…

Pokemon Go’s Popularity Might Not Slow the Summer Slide But It has Other Powers | The 74 ow.ly/jzY1302ExT4

AM News: Educators Among Sanders Holdouts, Kaine's Education Credentials, & More

Ousted CPS principal won’t commit to voting for Clinton – Chicago Tribune  ow.ly/ywhw302C9jp

VP Pick’s Wife, Brothers-In-Law Attended Integrated Schools – NYT  bit.ly/2a0ew4a

Kaine, as governor, left a mark on higher education in Virginia  washingtonpost.com/news/grade-poi…

Bad day for summer school: Air conditioning falters as temperatures soar  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

U.S. Teachers Have Middling Literacy and Numeracy Skills: Report  blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…

New Orleans ACT results mixed for 2016 nola.com/education/inde…

There Is A Shortage Of Male Teachers Of Color. NYC Is Working To Fix That.  huffingtonpost.com/2016/07/19/nyc…

Two Brooklyn Schools Will Get New Leaders – WSJ ow.ly/FK2Y302BiMu

Outdoor School Initiative Qualifies For Oregon Ballot  kuow.org/post/outdoor-s…

Campaign 2016: VP Pick's Wife, Brothers-In-Law Attended Integrated Schools

via Washington Post's Emma Brown.

Events: Monday's DFER Education Panels

There are several education-related events going on this week at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, and a handful of education-related appearances on the main stage. First up are a pair of education panels hosted by DFER.

AM News: Kaine's Wife, Rauner's Apology, #DNCinPHL, & More

Meet Tim Kaine’s wife, a longtime child welfare advocate and Virginia’s secretary of education washingtonpost.com/news/education…

Illinois Gov. Apologizes for Calling Chicago Teachers ‘Illiterate’ bit.ly/29ZfnUC

Are summer ‘camps’ the next frontier in helping disadvantaged students catch up? washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Civil-Rights Marchers: US Still Needs to Address Inequality  abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/c…

2 re-elected to Orleans Parish School Board nola.com/education/inde…

New teachers rate higher academically than in the past seattletimes.com/education-lab/…

40 years after desegregation ruling, core problems remain  jsonline.com/news/education…

Eric Contreras, a Former Teacher, Named Principal of Stuyvesant – WSJ  ow.ly/baLq302zHmT

More than a thousand people turned out for the prom of a Wisconsin teen choosing to die. usat.ly/29Vb7o3

Events: DFER Events In Philly On Monday

There's still no official news about DFER and other education groups holding events during next week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, but I'm being told that there are going to be some early-week panels and a reception.

 The first panel might address what happens next for education and DFER. Another panel might address non-school issues that DFER has up until now been extremely reluctant to get involved in.

You'll be the first to know when some official details come out about panelists, access, and all the rest. As you may recall, DFER held its first big event in Denver in 2008 at the DNC, and held another event in 2012 at which union leaders appeared. My case study about the sudden rise and recent challenges facing DFER came out via AEI just a few days ago.

The last year especially has been an awkward one for the organization. A recent example: DFER appeared to have been caught unprepared a couple of weeks ago when the DNC platform committee accepted a handful of amendments from reform critics such as Troy Laravierre and Randi Weingarten. Platform positions may not matter, and the amendment may not make much sense, but it was a pretty startling turn of events for a group that has for so many years been on the inside, seeming to be able to press all the right levers.

Maybe the best way to think of Monday's events is as some sort of reboot/relaunch. 

 

AM News: Trump Backs Choice & Safety, Rauner Slams Teacher, & More

Donald Trump Promotes School Choice, Bashes 'Bureaucrats' in Speech blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

The software that could have saved Melania Trump from her plagiarism debacle -Recode  pllqt.it/47Ujqu

Student Debt Helps, Not Harms, the U.S. Economy, White House Says - Real Time Economics - WSJ  ow.ly/L3ym302tKqS

Smarter Balanced test: Delaware first state to release results  newsworks.org/index.php/loca…

New York Seeks to Ban Suspensions for Youngest Students wnyc.org/story/new-york… See also WSJ: ow.ly/CeaS302v8rb

Racial Disparity in Discipline Persists While Suspensions Drop in New York City Schools wnyc.org/story/school-a…

Upper West Side parents knock Education Dept.'s rezoning plans - NY Daily News  ow.ly/xLaO302tERh

A Persistent Divide: New Federal Data Explores Education Disparities edweek.org/ew/section/mul…

Rauner Once Called Chicago Teachers 'Virtually Illiterate'  abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/r…
Back-to-School Spending Set to Rise 11% as Confidence Grows - Bloomberg  ow.ly/6X8N302v9jO

Groundbreaking efforts keeping teens out of Georgia's criminal justice system | WSB-TV  ow.ly/sDfq302v9j4

All seven Orleans Parish School Board districts now have candidates, and so far two races are contested. bit.ly/2a8yXzM #nolaed

AM News: Trump's Son Slams Schools, Struggle To Educate Migrants, & More

Donald Trump Jr. trashes U.S. public schools (though he didn't attend one) washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sh…

See also EdWeek, This Week In Education.

FEDS INVESTIGATE MEMPHIS SCHOOL DISTRICT OVER MIGRANT BIAS: Associated Press ow.ly/1RTI302sMsk

Illinois in Federal Hot Water Over High School Testing blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_e…

Distrust, anger at Douglas County School Board over handling of student denverpost.com/2016/07/20/dou…

Pueblo CO superintendent resigns abruptly as state sanctions loom | Chalkbeat ow.ly/TWcS302sMvo

Prep School Faces Accusations Of Chronic Mishandling Of Sexual Assault Cases npr.org/sections/thetw…

Chalkbeat: How adding high school counselors saved Colorado more than $300 million chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2016/…

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